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American Racing’s Slow-Moving War on Cobalt

The story of the tortoise and the hare is a fable – a fictitious race between a turtle and a rabbit that ends with a determined and purposeful tortoise beating a fleet-footed but over-confident rabbit to the finish line. In horse racing’s version of … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Derbies And Rainbows, On The Scene At Gulfstream

It’s one of the biggest weekends on the racing calendar, featuring the Florida Derby, the Louisiana Derby, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, where Horse of the Year California Chrome is favored. The Friday Show is the road in … Continue reading

‘Strongest Sale In Years’: Expansion Works For OBS March

Several factors contributed to the strength of the 2-year-old market at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded March auction in Ocala, Fla., last week. First and foremost, there was a deep pool of horse owners willing to spend significant sums … Continue reading

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many horseman. In this edition of The Friday … Continue reading

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Warm Ups And Cool Downs

Piloting 1,200 pounds of fire-breathing horseflesh takes more than a gentle hand and good instincts—it requires an athlete. Jockeys are recognized, pound for pound, as some of the strongest professional athletes in all of sports. While tales of Laffit Pincay … Continue reading

PR Special OBS March Day 2: A Sales Legend, Speightstown, And Itsmyluckyday

The OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training resumes Wednesday in Ocala, Fla., and the Paulick Report is once again on-site to distribute a special print publication for sale-goers, also available here. In today’s edition of the PR Special, Natalie … Continue reading

PR Special OBS March Day 1: Injury Rates For Sale-Prepped Juveniles?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer its special print edition on the grounds during this week’s OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla. In today’s edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss looks a recent study concerning … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first Saturday in May. In this edition of … Continue reading

New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for overages of both flunixin and furosemide … Continue reading

Story Updates: Vazquez Back In Action; Morales Lands In Louisiana

Updates on some stories from the recent past. – Trainer Juan Vazquez is back in business, though not in Maryland, where he was told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is no longer welcome to stable or race … Continue reading